9 Ted Talks Every Leader Should Watch

Leadership some times gets stuck in a more traditional setting, but the workforce is changing rapidly and leaders need to know how to change with it. The following Ted Talks cover how to keep up with leadership trends and make sure you’re being the most effective leader that you can be.

As the workplace changes, you need to change with it and this should be your mantra when it comes to becoming the type of leader that inspires and motivates their followers.

Simon Sinek: Why good leaders make you feel safe

What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests, it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety — especially in an uneven economy — means taking on big responsibility.

Drew Dudley: Everyday Leadership

We have all changed someone’s life — usually without even realizing it. In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other’s lives.

Tasha Eurich: Learning to be awesome at anything you do, including being a leader

Can we learn to lead, or is leadership something we’re born with? In this thought-provoking talk, Tasha Eurich shares a prescription to be not just awesome at leadership, but anything else you want to improve.

Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days

Is there something you’ve always meant to do, wanted to do, but just … haven’t? Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.

Laura Sicola: Want to sound like a leader? Start by saying your name right

How do we sound credible? Dr. Sicola shows how your vocal delivery influences how your message is received, and how to use it to your advantage.

Derek Sivers: How to start a movement

With help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started.

Emilie Wapnick: Why Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling

What do you want to be when you grow up? Well, if you’re not sure you want to do just one thing for the rest of your life, you’re not alone. In this illuminating talk, writer and artist Emilie Wapnick describes the kind of people she calls “multipotentialites” — who have a range of interests and jobs over one lifetime. Are you one?

David Grady: How to save the world (or at least yourself) from bad meetings

An epidemic of bad, inefficient, overcrowded meetings is plaguing the world’s businesses — and making workers miserable. David Grady has some ideas on how to stop it.

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